Froyo with a Topping of MOTOBLUR
This smartphone comes with Froyo and a new version of MOTOBLUR. Froyo brings two significant features - Adobe Flash support and mobile hotspot support.
Unlike earlier versions of the Android OS, Froyo is the first to come with full support for Adobe Flash. This means that you can now watch videos and play Flash games on the Motorola Milestone 2, giving you a full web experience that resembles that on your personal computer.
The Milestone 2 is also able to function as a wireless mobile hotspot. It can connect up to five devices simultaneously. This will be useful when you are in a location where there is no internet access or available Wi-Fi networks.
The new MOTOBLUR overlay comes with considerable improvements that allow for more control and customization. For example, MOTOBLUR allows you to customize seven home screens, which is four and two more than the previous Milestone and the stock Android UI respectively. This gives you ample space to place your favorite applications. When browsing through the different home screen panels, a row of icons indicates which home screen panel you are on. We like the convenience of switching to any panel without going through the rest.
Moreover, you can customize the home screens with widgets from Android and Motorola. These widgets provide quick access to phone settings, messaging and social network feeds.
MOTOBLUR is also developed with a focus on social messaging. One widget, known as the Messages widget, allows you to choose what to follow. You can choose to follow Facebook messages only or combine text messages together in the widget. There is also another widget, Social Status, that allows you to update your status on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking sites simultaneously. This is very convenient especially if you want to post a quick shout out. We are looking forward to more of such widgets from Motorola in the future so that there are more ways to customize the phone.
Powering the Motorola Milestone 2 is a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, a significant upgrade from the Milestone’s 550MHz processor and 256MB RAM. With such bumped up hardware, the Milestone 2 was able to manage seven applications simultaneously without getting bogged down.
Those who need to see the actual performance numbers can jump to the next section where we compare the Milestone 2 against some of its closer competitors.